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Barbara Boxer: Call me 'senator' (she tells a Brigadier General...)
Politico ^ | 6/18/09 | Ann Schroeder

Posted on 06/18/2009 7:31:37 AM PDT by pissant

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) didn't like a Brigadier General calling her "ma'am" at an EPW hearing yesterday.

"Do me a favor," she said, "could say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California
KEYWORDS: 111th; arrogantidiot; barbaraboxer; bgenmichaelwalsh
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What a flippin dingbat.
1 posted on 06/18/2009 7:31:37 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

It is perfectly acceptable to call a male Senator “Sir” is it not?

What an egomaniac!


2 posted on 06/18/2009 7:33:28 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: pissant

See I disagree that’s a reasonable request I would think. “Sir” and “Ma’am” are generic terms, we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.


3 posted on 06/18/2009 7:33:58 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: pissant

She worked hard to earn another title—bitch.


4 posted on 06/18/2009 7:33:58 AM PDT by FreepShop1
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To: pissant

Did she call him “General” or ‘boy’?


5 posted on 06/18/2009 7:34:58 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: pissant

Mrs. Boxer, as one of your constituents, there are several things I’d like to call you and “senator” is not one of them.


6 posted on 06/18/2009 7:35:27 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: pissant

This people are aweful.... what a real *ITCH!! The General outta say...”With all due respect MA’AM, BUT I DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU”!!


8 posted on 06/18/2009 7:35:50 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: domenad
we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.

The hell I will.

They work for me.

10 posted on 06/18/2009 7:35:59 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: FreepShop1
She worked hard to earn another title—bitch.

I dunno...seems that she wears that title with ease.

11 posted on 06/18/2009 7:36:15 AM PDT by kromike
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To: pissant

There is no regulation, rule or law that requires this or any other deference with regard to our so-called “public servants”.


12 posted on 06/18/2009 7:36:39 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: domenad

Not if you are military. You call the President ‘sir’. If it’s good enough for Potus, its good enough for old, wannabee sex kitten.


13 posted on 06/18/2009 7:36:45 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: FreepShop1
She worked hard to earn another title—bitch.

Actually, it was very easy for her.

14 posted on 06/18/2009 7:36:54 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I'm so anti-pc, I use a Mac)
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To: pissant

To which he should have replied, “Certainly, Senator. And would you please address me as ‘General’? I’ve worked hard for that title, too.”


15 posted on 06/18/2009 7:37:00 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: All

Trust me Boxer, among intelligent people, who pay attention to current events, “ma’am” is a much more complimentary salutation then the odious “Senator”.


16 posted on 06/18/2009 7:37:08 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: pissant

Mmmm, okay point taken. You win.


17 posted on 06/18/2009 7:37:50 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: domenad
See I disagree that’s a reasonable request I would think. “Sir” and “Ma’am” are generic terms, we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.

Screw 'em. Even the Queen of England is properly referred to as "ma'am" after a formal introduction is made.

18 posted on 06/18/2009 7:38:10 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: pissant

OK, I’ll say it. SENATOR Boxer is a f***ing idiot!

She is also a supercilious, small-minded, self-centered harridan.

Boy, now there’s a word you don’t often see.


19 posted on 06/18/2009 7:38:30 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: RJS1950
There is no regulation, rule or law that requires this or any other deference with regard to our so-called “public servants”.

The fact she refers to it as a "title" shows arrogance. It's not a titled job. It's an elected "position".

20 posted on 06/18/2009 7:39:12 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: pissant

The General knows more about respect — and has more in his little finger — than many of the idiots in Washington. Especially her.


21 posted on 06/18/2009 7:40:15 AM PDT by AnglePark
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To: pissant

No, ma’am, I can’t. It’s just a military thing.


22 posted on 06/18/2009 7:40:38 AM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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To: pissant

I’m glad this was caught on tape. It needs to be widely circulated.


23 posted on 06/18/2009 7:40:42 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: pissant

I’d respond, “When you act like a US Senator and not a Marxist fool for foreign nations, maybe I will.”


24 posted on 06/18/2009 7:41:43 AM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: pissant
""Do me a favor," she said, "could say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you."

Translation, "I spent a lot of other people's money to get where I am..."

Of course, every polititian will say that taking donations doesn't influence their votes. I always wondered who was more gullible, the people giving them their money or the people who believe it doesn't influence their vote...

25 posted on 06/18/2009 7:41:44 AM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: domenad

>>> we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title. <<<

“We” do”? When did “we” start doing this? I could swear that I read an essay by Mark Twain, circa 1908, where he mocked this practice as being a novelty and an enormity.

Perhaps there is a difference between addressing a congressman by his title during a hearing and addressing him by title on the street.


26 posted on 06/18/2009 7:42:16 AM PDT by Poe White Trash
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To: pissant

I imagine he prefers being called general also.


27 posted on 06/18/2009 7:43:26 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: pissant

The first time I heard Boxer talk, I knew she was an idiot.


28 posted on 06/18/2009 7:43:42 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: RJS1950

Good point. It would be a good practice to use the generic title ‘Public Servant’ for the whole bunch of them IMHO.


29 posted on 06/18/2009 7:43:51 AM PDT by QueensGuy
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To: domenad

“we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.”

What title? They have no title! They may BE a senator, a congressman, or a president but they take on no title when doing so. They work for us, we don’t work for them. We will call them anything we damned well please as they work at our leisure.


30 posted on 06/18/2009 7:44:08 AM PDT by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: FreepShop1
She worked hard to earn another title—bitch.

Naah!!!! She was a natural.

vaudine

31 posted on 06/18/2009 7:45:29 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: pissant

I’d prefer to call Barbara Boxer “Your Highness”... except I’d pronounce it “You’re heinous”


32 posted on 06/18/2009 7:46:12 AM PDT by CounterCounterCulture
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To: pissant
Judge Randolph: Lieutenant, do you have anything further for this witness?
Col. Jessep: Thanks, Danny. I love Washington.
Kaffee: Excuse me. I didn't dismiss you.
Col. Jessep: I beg your pardon?
Kaffee: I'm not finished with my examination. Sit down.
Col. Jessep: Colonel!
Kaffee: What's that?
Col. Jessep: I would appreciate it if he would address me as Colonel or Sir. I believe I've earned it.
Judge Randolph: Defense counsel will address the witness as Colonel or Sir.
Col. Jessep: [to Judge] I don't know what the hell kind of unit you're running here.
Judge Randolph: And the witness will address this court as Judge or Your Honor. I'm quite certain I've earned it. Take your seat, Colonel.
33 posted on 06/18/2009 7:47:15 AM PDT by Living Free in NH (Where's MY bailout???)
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To: pissant
"ma'am"

boxer is both arrogant and ignorant.

Ma'am is the tern of highest respect.


34 posted on 06/18/2009 7:47:25 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: pissant

Ummm... The title of “General” is earned after a lifetime of hard work. The title of “Senator” isn’t earned at all but rather is granted after one campaign cycle.

Liberals are so effing STUPID.


35 posted on 06/18/2009 7:48:22 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: pissant

A study in superficiality and pettiness.


36 posted on 06/18/2009 7:48:59 AM PDT by davisfh ( Islam is a very serious mental illness)
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To: pissant
"Do me a favor," she said, "could say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?' It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you."

Brigadier General replies, "Yes, ma'am."

37 posted on 06/18/2009 7:50:01 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: pissant
Yes, worked her little fingers to the bone signing all those checks she bounced.

http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/16/us/the-house-bank-house-bank-overdrafts-add-to-voters-outrage.html?pagewanted=all

39 posted on 06/18/2009 7:52:05 AM PDT by dersepp (Orwell Was An Optimist)
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To: pissant

40 posted on 06/18/2009 7:52:34 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: pissant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_SwD7RveNE


41 posted on 06/18/2009 7:54:36 AM PDT by tumblindice ("Senator, I'll bet breast-feeding really toughened up your nipples." Hannibal)
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To: domenad
See I disagree that’s a reasonable request I would think. “Sir” and “Ma’am” are generic terms, we refer to Senators, Congressman, and Presidents by title.

It's not generic in the military, it's a proper alternative to rank when addressing superior officers. While not "proper" in the sense that Barbara isn't his superior, it was clearly a mark of respect. Which she clearly demonstrated she doesn't deserve.

42 posted on 06/18/2009 7:55:20 AM PDT by SJackson (G-d da*n America, Jeremiah Wright---Don't tell me words don't matter!, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: pissant

Insecure.


43 posted on 06/18/2009 7:55:23 AM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find!)
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To: pissant; All
Old story here...

, Ty Cobb, known for his foul mouth, vile temper, as well as his baseball skill, was once tossed out of the first game of a doubleheader for cussing at the umpire. He's leading off in the second game, and as he walks up to the plate, he asks the umpie if he can be tossed out for "thinking". The umpire replies" no, you can't" at which time Cobb says.."OK, I THINK you're a no-good%$%^&*^%$DV^&*&%$$^*!!!!!!"

44 posted on 06/18/2009 7:55:27 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: pissant

I think the General should honor her request. After all, MS. Boxer was instrumental in causing the title “Senator” to be fraught with dishonorable, disgusting, disrespecful and fraudulent connotations. I think the General should honor her wishes and call her by the caustic, disrespectful slur of a title that she wishes to go by: Senator

It is really too bad. At one time that title caused me to view someone with honor, respect and deference. Sadly, those days are long since past.


45 posted on 06/18/2009 7:57:29 AM PDT by RatRipper (I HATE tax & spend politicians)
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To: pissant

I figure as long as she calls him “General”, they are even.
BTW, I had an internship with Sen. Pete Wilson (long, long, ago) and his title on correspondence was “Hon. Pete Wilson”. Although not every Member of Congress is honorable, I figure we should keep using the title to remind them of what they should be.


46 posted on 06/18/2009 8:00:50 AM PDT by married21
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To: pissant

“Do me a favor,” she said, “could say ‘senator’ instead of ‘ma’am?’.....

I guess Asshat is out also?.....


47 posted on 06/18/2009 8:00:58 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Glenn
“They work for me.”

It has been a long time since they worked for us. All the work for is power and reelection to accumulate more power.
I will never ever vote for an incumbantant to a national office again.
We are supposed to have two conservative Senators in this state and what do we really have? The two biggest pork barrelers in Washington District of Corruption.
WEASELS all of them. No on second thought, that is an insult to weasels.

48 posted on 06/18/2009 8:08:28 AM PDT by Tupelo
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To: domenad
Perhaps Ms. Boxer should read Article I, section 9, of the Constitution; you know, where it says: No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States....
49 posted on 06/18/2009 8:08:33 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: domenad
In the military you are taught and told that "sir" and Ma'am" are terms that area readily used and carry with them respect for the person who is being addressed as such.

BB needs an attitude adjustment. The general was perfectly within his rights to refer to her as "ma'am" and if it was me I would have told her to shut up and carry on with your question.

50 posted on 06/18/2009 8:09:01 AM PDT by pctech
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